Honeytrap killer who led her 16-year-old-boyfriend to Be knifed to death by gang is freed after 10 years in British jail and sent back to Trinidad

Callous: This CCTV image shows Joseph and McLean walking away calmly after murdering Shakilus. Joseph has now been released from prison after ten years and deported to her native Trinidad

A honeytrap killer who led her 16-year-old-boyfriend to his death as she wore a see-through dress has been released from prison after 10 years and deported from Britain and back to Trinidad.

Samantha Joseph from Brockley, south-east London, was jailed for life in 2009 for her part in the murder of Shakilus Townsend.

But she has been sent back to Trinidad – the Caribbean island where she was born – after doing a minimum stint of ten years in a British prison.

A source told the Mirror: ‘At least she’s not been able to stay here after committing such a terrible crime.’

Her release followed a hearing in prison, with a spokesman adding: ‘Parole Board decisions are solely focused on whether a prisoner would represent a significant risk to the public.

‘The panel will have carefully looked at any evidence of behaviour change. We do that with great care and public safety is our number one priority.’

Joseph arranged to meet Shakilus wearing a see-through floral dress on July 3, 2008.

They travelled by bus to a quiet culdesac in Thornton Heath, south London, where she told him they would meet her cousin.

But CCTV footage showed Joseph send a text to Danny McLean to seal her boyfriend’s fate.

Joseph, who was 15 at the time, lured Shakilus into an alleyway, where he was ambushed by a gang of six masked and hooded teenagers.

Shakilus Townsend

The youngster bled to death after being beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed six times in a ‘relentless and merciless attack’ led by a jealous love rival.

The Old Bailey heard during Joseph’s trial how Shakilus was in love with her, after meeting her a month before the attack.

He showered her with gifts and told his mother she was beautiful and he wanted to marry her.

But Joseph was also seeing McLean, who was 18 and a member of the street gang Shine My Nine.

McLean had dumped Joseph when he found out she had cheated on him.

McLean (pictured) led the ‘relentless and merciless attack’ which saw Shakilus bleed to death

But, obsessed with the violent thug, she was prepared to do anything to get him back and they decided to set up her unwitting lover.

The court heard how McLean, wearing his gang’s trademark orange bandanna across his face, plunged the knife into Shakilus’ chest, raking it across his liver before twisting the blade.

The killers were later chased away by neighbours who found the teenager lying bleeding to death and sobbing, ‘mummy, mummy, mummy…I don’t want to die’.

The Old Bailey heard how Joseph was later seen walking off with McLean, carrying his hoodie and a cream-coloured handbag stained with blood.

She had confessed to friends that she had agreed to ‘get Shak set’.

She and McLean later wiped the victim’s Bebo account to get rid of any link between her and the dead boy.

But Shakilus’s friends logged on to her account to condemn her. 


Joseph and McLean were both convicted of murder, with McLean getting a minimum of 15 years.